AS IT IS WRITTEN . . .
When the Evangelist Luke began his account of Jesus' public ministry with the reading of Isaiah (4:18–19), he also used that prophetic text to provide a literary synopsis of the Gospel story.
The passage begins, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me." Here Luke conveys Jesus' sense of the significance of his baptism in the Jordan, when "the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon him" (3:21–22). To indicate the change wrought by the baptism, Luke afterwards wrote, "Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee" (4:14). . . .
This article is only available to subscribers.
Not a subscriber? Subscribe to Touchstone today for full online access. Over 30 years of content!
Get a one-year full-access subscription to the Touchstone online archives for only $19.95. NEW: Download PDF of issues! That's only $1.66 per month!
Get six issues (one year) of Touchstone PLUS full online access for only $39.95. NEW: Download PDF of issues! That's only $3.34 per month!
Transactions will be processed on the secure server of The Fellowship of St. James website, the publisher of Touchstone.
OR get a subscription to Touchstone to read on your Kindle for only $1.99 per month! (This option is KINDLE ONLY and does not include either print or online.)
Your subscription goes a long way to ensure that Touchstone is able to continue its mission of publishing quality Christian articles and commentary.
more from the online archives